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Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Forty-five students from Furr High School and volunteers braved the chilly weather and began installing a native plant garden at the intersection of Lockwood and Harrisburg in the East End on Wednesday, November 12. Previously covered in concrete and turf grass, the 200′ by 30′ space will be planted with native trees and plants that will provide shade and a place for the public to enjoy nature while waiting for the bus or MetroRail. The garden is designed for wildlife, specifically pollinators, including birds, butterflies and other insects. It will include a water feature that will intermittently provide water and the native grasses, shrubs and trees will provide nectar, berries and seeds.

Funding for the Lockwood Nature Garden comes from the Connecting People with Nature grant administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and a TIGER grant awarded to the City of Houston to connect trails and promote access to transit. This area will be at a light rail stop at Harrisburg and Lockwood. The park will become a part of the network of sidewalks, trails and parks that support pedestrian and bike activity throughout the East End.

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Education Volunteer Opportunities with Barrio Dogs, Inc.

Education Volunteer Opportunities with Barrio Dogs, Inc.

Barrio Dogs, Inc. has been working in the East End since 2010 to educate and empower residents to address overpopulation and improve conditions for the animals around them. Barrio Dogs’ strategy is focused on three important points: 1) pets are a lifelong commitment and must receive proper care and treatment, 2) education and spay neuter…

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YES Prep 2017-2018 Lottery Application Deadline is February 10

YES Prep 2017-2018 Lottery Application Deadline is February 10

YES Prep is a free, open-enrollment, public school system serving students in grade levels 6-12. YES Prep was one of the first public school systems in the nation to make college acceptance a high school graduation requirement. To apply, create an account and submit an application at yesprep.schoomint.net. There are no admission requirements to attend YES Prep; students are selected through a random lottery. Those who are not selected are placed on a waiting list. The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 lottery is February 10, 2017.

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